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How are bacterial eye infections diagnosed?

Your doctor will examine your eye and ask about the symptoms you are experiencing. Based on appearance and symptoms, your doctor should be able to diagnose what type of bacterial eye infection you have. Occasionally, your doctor may take a culture if you have any discharge from your eyes. The doctor can then use the culture to confirm the cause and type of infection.

Due to the seriousness of some eye infections, it is important to seek treatment early. Early treatment and detection can reduce serious complications or problems associated with different types of bacterial eye infections.

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